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News Links | January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Foreign students at Washington colleges wonder: Are they still welcome?

For more than a decade, the number of international students has grown steadily in the United States and across Washington. They’re studying not just in Seattle but also in Pullman, Bothell, Tacoma and Spokane, and at community colleges in Auburn, Edmonds and Everett, to name just a few. ... In the late 1980s, Thomas Nielsen, president of Edmonds Community College, was widely regarded as a visionary for forging bonds with educators in Japan and bringing students here to study. ... Today, schools like Green River College, in Auburn, send recruiters to China every year, extolling the virtues of starting with an American college degree in a less-expensive, less-stressful community-college setting, and then transferring to a four-year school. ... Chen, who grew up in Shanghai and went to Shoreline Community College before transferring to Seattle University, says many Chinese students don’t understand what types of courses they need to take to qualify for a four-year program.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 19, 2017

UW Bothell, Cascadia sign hate-free campus pledge

University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh and Cascadia College President Eric Murray signed a pledge Jan. 17 underscoring their commitment to operating an inclusive and hate-free shared campus. ... Yeigh and Murray signed the Inclusive Campus Pledge at a ceremony at the Activities and Recreation Center attended by Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume and Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr. 
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Jan. 18, 2017

Rep. Rick Larsen talks veterans, education, Affordable Care Act

Days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen talked with constituents about how some of the decisions being made in Washington, D.C., might affect them. Larsen visited Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor campuses Tuesday to talk about student veteran issues and what the new administration could have in store for them.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 18, 2017

Scene nearby: EdCC Breakfast of Champions

Edmonds Community College Foundation celebrated scholarship recipients and donors at a Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday morning. The event, catered by EdCC culinary arts students, brought together scholarship winners, donors, faculty members, staff, and community members.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 18, 2017

Council considers proposal to vacate street for Bellevue College to make way for student housing

After hearing public comment, the Bellevue City Council scheduled a public hearing regarding the vacation of a city road on the Bellevue College campus. The college wants to vacate the road to construct student housing, and needs city permission to do so. The public hearing is set for Feb. 21 as part of the regular council meeting. Street vacation is a process in which a property owner adjacent to a public right-of-way can petition the city to acquire the right-of-way. Additionally, the college is asking the city to consider waiving compensation for the vacation. The property is valued at anywhere from $750,000 to $825,000.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 18, 2017

Topping out

If you're looking for the highest place to get a good meal in all of Idaho, you might just find it atop Schweitzer Mountain. Located 6,375 feet up and between the Great Escape and Snow Ghost runs, Sky House replaced the rustic Wang Shack. The former spot was "an old shed held together by duct tape and spoiled beer," jokes Schweitzer Mountain Resort marketing manager Dig Chrismer, "yet it held a special charm and our local skiers loved it." ... "Our menu has to warrant every ingredient," says [Peter] Tobin, whose accomplishments include receiving numerous American Culinary Federation awards and mentoring countless future chefs in more than 20 years as chef instructor at Spokane Community College's Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.
Inlander, Jan. 18, 2017

Mayor delivers 2017 state of the city address

This morning Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson delivered his 2017 State of the City Address in front of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. ... Everett Community College last year opened a major expansion of its Advanced Manufacturing and Technical Education Center, or AMTEC, a 54,000-square-foot facility offering state-of-the-art training and a pathway to family-wage jobs in aerospace and other manufacturing industries. AMTEC programs enrolled nearly 1,000 students last year, a 23 percent increase in just five years. Importantly, the number of women in AMTEC programs has grown by 27 percent in that time. Along with WSU, Everett Community College continues to change the face of the North Broadway area with attractive student-housing projects.
My Everett News, Jan. 18, 2017

Motorists should fix leaks so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Motorists in Pierce County can find an affordable fix and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program. As part of the program, participating repair shops across Washington are conducting free visual leak inspections (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80) throughout the year. ... In addition to the inspections, free workshops on leak repairs and vehicle maintenance will be regularly offered at Clover Park Technical College
The Suburban Times, Jan. 18, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Uneven access, equal success

Although students who come from wealthy backgrounds are far more likely to attend highly selective colleges than students from poor families, rich and poor students who go to the same college will achieve equal financial success, a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project found.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2017

WSU launches effort to become one of the nation’s top 25 research universities

Washington State University wants to boost its on-time graduation rate, capture more federal research dollars and attract a more diverse faculty to its campuses as part of a broad mission to raise the university’s status. The goal of the effort, called “Drive to 25,” is to make WSU one of the nation’s top 25 research universities by 2030.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 18, 2017

'Too little, too late'

Most students don’t learn about sexual assault until college. By then, it’s too late. ... There is no federal requirement that schools teach about sexual violence. Mandates on sexual consent education vary widely state by state and even district by district.
The Olympian, Jan. 18, 2017

Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers

Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation’s foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective in public schools — if it’s offered at all. Currently, only one in 10 schools in the state offers courses that teach kids advanced computer science skills. The tides may be turning, however. Attention to computer science education has increased lately, due in part to the overwhelming skills gap between Washington’s university graduates and available jobs in the tech industry. Lawmakers are realizing that, in order to remedy this problem, schools need to give all kids an equal shot at learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.
Crosscut, Jan. 17, 2017

​How to fix the mismatch between jobs and education

I have the opportunity on a regular basis to talk with the senior leadership of small and middle-market manufacturing firms. While our conversations cover a wide variety of topics, one that consistently rises to the top is the lack of skilled people to fill a wide variety of job vacancies. I took a very unscientific poll recently, asking a half-dozen manufacturing business leaders what current openings they have where they cannot find talent to fill them.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Jan. 17, 2017

At UW, students get lessons on homelessness

On a chilly Saturday morning, more than a dozen volunteers helped set up a tent city for the homeless in a new spot: the University of Washington campus. As the cold air turned their breath to steam, homeless encampment residents, UW officials and students set up large, tarp-covered tents to serve as dorms, common areas, a kitchen and computer center for the homeless residents of the encampment to use. Slowly but surely, Tent City 3 is settling into its new home for the winter.
Crosscut, Jan. 17, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

The higher education president

Bill Clinton’s administration invested heavily in college preparation and created a multibillion-dollar program of college tax credits. But as President Obama’s eight years in office near an end, history is likely to remember him as the higher education president.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2017

The CFPB's 11th-hour stunner

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, joined by two state attorneys general, sued the nation’s largest student loan servicer, Navient. The lawsuit alleges that Navient, which was formerly part of Sallie Mae, “illegally failed borrowers at every stage of repayment.” The offices of the attorneys general in Illinois and Washington filed similar lawsuits against the student loan servicing giant.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2017

How did Trump’s education pick Betsy DeVos do in confirmation hearing?

On Monday, Education Lab looked at what might happen in Washington state with Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education. On Tuesday, she had her confirmation hearing (first), where she didn’t have answers for the most basic questions about her qualifications to lead the $68 billion federal education agency. Lots was written about what she said — and didn’t say.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 19, 2017

Education Lab IQ: How we got this far behind in school funding

Every so often, the Education Lab team steps away from writing news stories to answer reader questions in a feature we call Education Lab IQ (short for Interesting Questions). Not surprisingly, many of you have wondered about Washington’s school-funding tangle. More than 260 readers voted recently on six money-focused queries, and we’ll answer them over the next several weeks. Today’s question was the top vote-getter: How long did it take to get this far behind in school funding and how did it happen?
The Seattle Times, Jan. 17, 2017

Opinion: Lawmakers must seek a balanced tax burden on households to fund schools

Talking to lawmakers about ways to better fund schools, I hear a lot of concern about making Washington’s tax system more fair. It’s not fair that schools in some areas are underfunded — most agree the state must amply fund all public schools, as mandated by its constitution. There’s also an argument that it’s unfair some parts of the state pay higher local-tax levy rates to fund schools.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 17, 2017

Nearly 7,000 descend on Capitol Campus to call on state to fully fund education

A raucous crowd, estimated by organizers at 6,500 people, descended Monday on the Capitol Campus, loudly calling on lawmakers to fully fund K-12 education. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day gathering was organized by the Washington Education Association and other sponsors, bringing together parents, educators and community leaders to support “education that is amply funded for all students in this state,” said Kim Mead, president of the association. Speakers for the hourlong gathering included teachers and students.
The Olympian, Jan. 16, 2017

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